Disclosure Details

Misconduct - 422/15

Dated: 15 May 2015

Date of request:      24/04/15

Date of response:    15/05/15

Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated  24 April 2015 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

 1.       How many misconduct investigations or hearings were held against police officers or police staff between 1st January 2014 and 31st December 2014
2.       The rank and position of each officer investigated
3.       What standards they are accused of breaching
4.       Details of the alleged misconduct - ie –(details of what they are being investigated for)
For example: Police officer engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a victim of domestic abuse or police staff member was alleged to have stolen property from a police station.
5.       Whether the allegation was upheld or dismissed
6.       If upheld, what action was taken: For example – no action taken, a verbal warning, written warning, whether the officer resigned or retired prior or during the misconduct investigation or dismissed.  

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Professional Standards Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The information provided has extracted from a ‘live’ database and may be subject to the addition and deletion of complaints, complainants and subjects after the initial extraction of data used for the purposes of this report and that ongoing cases have been excluded.

1.There have been 122 misconduct investigations or hearings against police officers and police staff between 1st January 2014 – 31st December 2014.

It should be noted an allegation may be about more than one officer.  

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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